After President Barack Obama signed a law in December to repeal the military's 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado hoped the new message from Lemoore Naval Air Station higher-ups would be something like "You're gay -- you can stay."
But Morado, who was outed by a fellow sailor in 2009, still faces discharge from the Navy. The 26-year-old sailor will appear at a hearing on the base today before a three-member panel that will recommend whether he should be discharged for homosexual conduct.
The hearing is not open to the public.
Although the law repealing the longtime policy was signed by Obama three months ago, it won't go into effect until 60 days after the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that lifting the ban won't hurt the military's ability to fight.
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